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by TimF
January 23rd, 2021, 5:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 50
Views: 4692

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

What would you drink if you were having it in Rome? I usually reach for a young Italian red with plenty of acid.
by TimF
January 21st, 2021, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Port tongs recos needed
Replies: 17
Views: 768

Re: Port tongs recos needed

I dug out a 13 year old email from Roy Hersh. I have no idea if this guy still sells them or how much they are now. I like mine -- they came in a wooden case. *** You can get them from a guy named Gustavo Devesas (email address below). Be sure to tell him that Roy Hersh referred you. They cost about...
by TimF
January 21st, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Port tongs recos needed
Replies: 17
Views: 768

Re: Port tongs recos needed

I remember using my tongs once over a friend’s house. His wife came home, looked at the bottle and said, “you couldn’t find a better way to open the bottle than that?”

My wife ordered mine from a guy in Portugal. I think it took a while to get them. Probably a recommendation of “The Port Authority”.
by TimF
January 21st, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selections from my local rural wine shop
Replies: 15
Views: 2437

Re: Selections from my local rural wine shop

My father took on the project of digitizing his hometown newspaper over the past year. Here's a wine article featuring Rick Lewis of the Madison Wine Shop from 1991.
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by TimF
January 20th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

TimF wrote: January 20th, 2021, 7:20 pm Delicious! Bottled 9/3/2013
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This beer is really, really good. Like one of the best I’ve ever had in my life.
by TimF
January 20th, 2021, 7:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Delicious! Bottled 9/3/2013
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by TimF
January 19th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 19
Views: 1605

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

They are sending me a bottle of wine for free? Seriously?
by TimF
January 19th, 2021, 12:56 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1157

Re: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

I had never heard of this bottling. Just saw it on WineBid today and my jaw dropped.
by TimF
January 18th, 2021, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2412

Re: Wine rules you should break

I will cook with wines that didn’t meet my drinking standards. I’ll go so far as to say I never cook with a wine I’d drink. For cooking I typically buy four packs of 187ml bottles from Gallo or something similar. I guess they’re drinkable but I usually reach for something at a higher price point wh...
by TimF
January 18th, 2021, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2412

Re: Wine rules you should break

I didn’t think any of those were rules except holding a glass by the bowl. I will admit I don’t do that and will mentally judge those who do. I will also admit that I use stemless glasses a lot — like 95% of the time.

I haven’t personally had a wine I liked out of a box or bag or can.
by TimF
January 12th, 2021, 10:28 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Hertz President's Circle Status - *taken*
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Hertz President's Circle Status - *taken*

You get upgrades and more points when renting. Not that fancy.
by TimF
January 11th, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 563
Views: 42643

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2009 Geyserville. Very youthful and very delicious.
by TimF
January 11th, 2021, 8:56 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Hertz President's Circle Status - *taken*
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Hertz President's Circle Status - *taken*

Free to a good home. Status starts Jan. 31, 2021 and concludes Jan. 31, 2022.
by TimF
January 10th, 2021, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2186

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

I’d be curious to know the temperature in Bern’s cellar. I could see my breath in there. Their bottles seem to age very well.
by TimF
January 8th, 2021, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?

It’s probably terrible. Send it to me and I’ll get rid of it for you!
by TimF
January 8th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I don’t think any Russian River Brewing is distributed in Illinois. I’m happy to cover the costs.
by TimF
January 7th, 2021, 8:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/l35Fyrul.jpg Opened this up on NYE and it was beautiful. Cheers, Bud How old is this? My wife picked up some in Ireland several years ago. Don’t think I ever opened any. Tim, this was bottled in May 2020, it was in a perfect drinking window. Cheers, Bud Crap this is getting old....
by TimF
January 6th, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Burr Grinder Recommendation
Replies: 35
Views: 1249

Re: Burr Grinder Recommendation

I had a Baratza for several years until the motor burned up. Replaced it with a Rancilio Rocky which is far sturdier and has been going like a champ for probably 8 years now.
by TimF
January 6th, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer Trading Feedback
Replies: 211
Views: 26913

Re: Beer Trading Feedback

I'm always interested in acquiring Bottle Logic stouts and Russian River sours. I've got a bunch of regular Dark Lord, regular 2020 BCBS and some Allagash sours if anyone is interested. I don't love doing the legwork of shipping but will do so for BL and RR.
by TimF
January 6th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer Trading Feedback
Replies: 211
Views: 26913

Re: Beer Trading Feedback

OT but... My nephew just took a job at Phase Three, he's going to be the taproom manager / outside sales can't wait to return to Chicago and try their beer. A friend of mine loves their stuff. I've only tried one and was ho-hum on it. Looking forward to getting over there once I get the vaccine. I ...
by TimF
January 5th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: TN: 2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

James Billy wrote: January 4th, 2021, 11:52 pm Just had a 2019 vintage of this for research purposes. Fantastic for the small money. Balanced, juicy and reasonable depth.
Just got an offer from Vin Chicago for the 2019 and pull the trigger -- $13.99.

https://www.winedisco.com/orderform.asp ... ignid=5331
by TimF
January 5th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 49
Views: 3285

Re: Back in the biz

As I contemplate what to do in the next phase of my life, I really think I might enjoy doing something in the wine business. The more I read about retirement the more I see, "if you're not doing it now, you're not going to do it then." So I've got five or so years to figure out what I'd li...
by TimF
January 3rd, 2021, 7:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Father Kyle’s Cinnamon Roll Stout. I didn’t really like it. A bit thin for this flavor.
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by TimF
January 3rd, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

BRhoades wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 1:18 pm Image

Opened this up on NYE and it was beautiful.

Cheers,

Bud
How old is this? My wife picked up some in Ireland several years ago. Don’t think I ever opened any.
by TimF
January 3rd, 2021, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305563

Re: Official Costco Thread

At $10.99 this Barbera is a fantastic bargain. 8730DF9C-1CAE-47C6-A619-E945ED0F3BAF.jpeg Tried this one too and it was fantastic. Went back for 5 more. I was happy to find they had some when I went back today. I grabbed a full case. Such a bargain. Probably won’t be able to stop myself from buying ...
by TimF
December 29th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any Homemade Kraut Lovers??
Replies: 11
Views: 540

Re: Any Homemade Kraut Lovers??

I tried it once and it was a failure. It might be one of those things where I need to actually do it with someone knowledgeable the first time.
by TimF
December 29th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12671
Views: 508789

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I opened a 2015 Béatrice et Pascal Lambert "Les Perruches" Chinon with Ooni pizza last night. After a little while of drinking and eating I said to my wife, "this is really good." She agreed. Better than your average Chinon for sure. Wish I could buy more...
by TimF
December 27th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305563

Re: Official Costco Thread

At $10.99 this Barbera is a fantastic bargain.
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by TimF
December 25th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12671
Views: 508789

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1983 Talbot. Really nice with prime rib. Drink ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.
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by TimF
December 22nd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What are your current favorite cookbooks?
Replies: 21
Views: 1515

Re: What are your current favorite cookbooks?

Vivian Howard’s Deep Run Roots is a really beautiful book on North Carolina cooking. The only thing is that the recipes are rather complicated (for me anyway) and use some ingredients that aren’t that easy to find here in South OC. I really enjoy her PBS show. Her cooking looks great and I'd love t...
by TimF
December 20th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12671
Views: 508789

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 Ridge Monte Bello. My wife’s birthday is today. I normally wouldn’t open such a young MB but the vintage chart from Ridge says drink or hold so I was curious. I decanted it a couple hours ago and it sure as hell smelled tremendous.
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by TimF
December 17th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 50
Views: 4692

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

Five pounds of guanciale arrived this morning with this little gift.
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by TimF
December 16th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 92
Views: 4880

Re: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I haven’t found Diamond Crystal available for sale around here lately so I tried running Morton’s kosher through a mesh strainer. Bottom left is what went through the strainer. Bottom right is what didn’t. Top center is Morton’s table salt for reference. The finer pieces were about 2:1 by volume. 81...
by TimF
December 14th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 70
Views: 2886

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

I find it very interesting that there are very few suggestions of drinking German wine with German cuisine. Is it because German cuisine is generally unpopular? Basically. How many German restaurants do you see in America? Hamburger, mashed potatoes, hot dogs (Wieners), bratwurst, and layer cakes a...
by TimF
December 14th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 70
Views: 2886

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

I find it very interesting that there are very few suggestions of drinking German wine with German cuisine. Is it because German cuisine is generally unpopular? Basically. How many German restaurants do you see in America? Hamburger, mashed potatoes, hot dogs (Wieners), bratwurst, and layer cakes a...
by TimF
December 14th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 70
Views: 2886

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

I find it very interesting that there are very few suggestions of drinking German wine with German cuisine. Is it because German cuisine is generally unpopular?
by TimF
December 13th, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 70
Views: 2886

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

One of my favorites is pork schnitzel with spaetzle and mushroom gravy. I like it with a wide range of sweetness levels.
by TimF
December 12th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: December 12th, 2020, 5:46 pm Spotted cow
Popular in the hockey locker room.
by TimF
December 12th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

White Elm Champurrado Stout. One of the best beers of the year for me. Reminiscent of Dark Lord Chemtrailmix. I love the spices in this one.
by TimF
December 12th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I’ve been paying about $22 for a four pack of the Mackinac.

Anyone else having trouble posting pictures?
by TimF
December 11th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Friend of mine says barrel aged Smells Like Bean Spirit is similar.
by TimF
December 11th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Does anyone know if the Founders - KBS "Maple Mackinac Fudge" is meant to replace CBS? This is a new KBS variant (quite frankly, it's the first KBS variant I've ever seen or heard of), and it sounds virtually identical to CBS. That is my understanding. CBS is retired. It’s been a couple o...
by TimF
December 10th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

TimF wrote: December 5th, 2020, 10:42 am I got some blended at Woodmans and BT at Binnys today. Plenty of regular available everywhere it seems.
I definitely prefer the blended over the Buffalo Trace. BT is far boozier.
by TimF
December 10th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: McRib...
Replies: 35
Views: 2239

Re: McRib...

My wife and son have already had two each.
by TimF
December 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3480

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

My deck is rather large and sometimes I move things around depending on lighting and wind conditions. I could probably have everything installed and make dedicated spaces for them but it would be a large project that seems unnecessary. I think I’d also need to retrofit all my equipment. Having said ...
by TimF
December 9th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3480

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

I’ve got a gas grill, gas smoker and gas Ooni. Very convenient to swap tanks between the three and I can put them wherever I want. I swap out a couple tanks at a time when I go to Menards. For me it’s a lot more flexible than if I had a line and had to install everything in a specific spot.
by TimF
December 7th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1559
Views: 92975

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Beautiful, Mike. My pies taste great but don’t look great. I think I need to take a class or something.
by TimF
December 5th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16923
Views: 479516

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I got some blended at Woodmans and BT at Binnys today. Plenty of regular available everywhere it seems.
by TimF
December 3rd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: GERMAN BEEF ROULADE
Replies: 11
Views: 796

Re: GERMAN BEEF ROULADE

Nice Martin. Have made Rouladen 2-3 times ourselves at home, but my mother in law makes a much better version that we get to enjoy once or twice a year, often with home made spaetzle for the gravy. The secret to the perfection of this meal is getting the correct cut of beef, & the pickle of cou...

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